Corpus Christi's new wastewater system will cost taxpayers millions

Aug 13, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — City leaders recently struck a deal regarding its outdated wastewater system with federal officials after a decade of negotiations.

The agreement stems from a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Protection Agency because of sanitary sewer overflows into federal waters.

The agreement is called a consent decree. City leaders call it a road map for long needed infrastructure work.

“The consent decree is really a work plan for how the City of Corpus Christi will improve its wastewater system over the next 15 years,” said Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni.

Under the terms of this agreement, the city will pay a $1.1 million fine, plus the city has 15 years to get the wastewater system up to par.

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